Janet Braun-Reinitz

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Janet Braun-Reinitz
Born
Janet Braun
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPainter, muralist
Years active1961–present
Known forFreedom Riders
Notable work
"An Interracial Journey"[1]

Janet Braun-Reinitz is a muralist, painter and activist committed to social justice. Her ongoing involvement in civil rights activism began in 1961 when she was a Freedom Rider. During one incident in Little Rock, Arkansas, she was arrested and was jailed from July 8 to 15. She subsequently worked at the national office of CORE and was the head of the CORE chapter in Rochester, NY in 1962-3.[1] She is the subject of the documentary, Interview with Janet Braun-Reinitz for the Freedom Riders 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001, published by the University of Mississippi,[2][3] excerpts are included in the film, The Children Shall Lead (2001).[4]

In 1983, she co-founded Tasteful Ladies for Peace of Ithaca, New York. This organization was involved in peaceful protests promoting reproductive choice and protesting against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.[5]

Today, Braun-Reinitz works as a muralist and studio artist based in New York City.[6][7][8] Since she began creating murals in 1984,[5] Braun-Reinitz has painted more than 60 murals in seven countries, including India, Ghana, England, Georgia, Italy, Nicaragua and the United States. Her 3,300-square-foot mural titled "When Women Pursue Justice"' can be found in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. This mural was created in collaboration with 12 other women artists and Artmakers Inc. (see documentary films, The Women of Nostrand and Greene, Dave Reinitz, H2F Productions, 2006; Beyond the Walls, Gail Embrey, Power Surge Productions, 2014.)

Her studio work is in collections as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Oakland Museum of California, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PAD/D Archives and MOMA.

Publications[edit]

  • ON THE WALL: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City, Janet Braun-Reinitz and Jane Weissman, University Press of Mississippi, February 2009, ISBN 9781604731118 [9]
  • The Mural Book: A Practical Guide for Educators, Janet Braun-Reinitz and Rochelle Shicoff, November 7, 2001, ISBN 978-1-56290-241-4.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Braun-Reinitz, Janet". Welcome to the Civil Rights Digital Library. 2018-02-23. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  2. ^ "Interview with Janet Braun-Reinitz for the Freedom Riders 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001 :: Freedom Riders Oral Histories". University of Mississippi Digital Collections. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ Institute, Winter (2018-03-20). "Janet Braun-Reinitz". Vimeo. The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Archived from the original on 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ "The Children Shall Lead". Winter Institute. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ a b "Braun-Reinitz' '73 Art Featured in Venice - Hobart and William Smith Colleges". www2.hws.edu. Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ The New York Times (2017-09-11). "Answers About New York City's Community Murals". City Room. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  7. ^ Post, Scott Elingburg Special to The (2017-10-12). "Artist, activist and Freedom Rider brings participatory postcard project to Fabulon". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  8. ^ Hardaway, Mary Scott. "Former Freedom Rider Janet Braun-Reinitz teams ups with U.K. artist in politically motivated series - Features". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  9. ^ Braun-Reinitz, J.; Weissman, J. (2009). On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-60473-111-8. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  10. ^ Braun-Reinitz, Janet (November 7, 2001). The mural book : a practical guide for educators. CrystalProductions. ISBN 978-1562902414.

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